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Wireless Skills Top IT Job Requirement Survey

Skills related to Web 2.0, Service Oriented Architecture, software-as-a-service, rich Internet applications, and AJAX are also needed in the next five years.

IT workers looking for jobs and career opportunities over the next five years may want to make sure they have acquired wireless skills.

That's because wireless is the way of the future when it comes to information technology skills, according to results of research announced this week.

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) commissioned a survey of more than 3,500 information technology managers. The Center for Strategy Research, a Boston-based company, surveyed organizations around the globe in the fourth quarter of last year to identify the most important IT skills.

The survey revealed that wireless and radio frequency mobile technology are expected to be the most important IT skills sets globally over the next five years.

Of 14 countries represented in the survey, IT managers in just two said they didn't believe wireless skills will increase more in importance than any other IT skills during that time. IT managers in France and South Africa ranked wireless skills second to Web-based technologies and security, respectively.

IT managers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, agreed that wireless skills will grow more important than all other IT skill sets.

Sixty-three percent of IT managers in healthcare and in education said wireless technology skills will be most important five years from now, while 48% in the automobile and manufacturing category said they would be most important.

According to CompTIA, Web-based technology skills related to Web 2.0, Service Oriented Architecture, software-as-a-service, rich Internet applications, AJAX, and some programming languages are also expected to become increasingly important in the next five years.

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